Category: Hidden Gems

  • Hidden Gem: Replay by Golden Child

    Hidden Gem: Replay by Golden Child

    Golden Child is one of those groups who are in a weird position, popularity-wise at least. They debuted in late 2017, during the transition phase between 3rd and 4th Gen. With the lack of ‘big famous’ groups that debuted in this period (for example, on the level of Seventeen, BTS, EXO, etc.) they somewhat faded […]

  • Hidden Gem: Pop? Pop! by CSR

    Hidden Gem: Pop? Pop! by CSR

    In a K-pop landscape saturated with girl-crush songs, especially following the massive success of BLACKPINK, it has been a struggle to find songs that oppose the trend. This isn’t a dig at BLACKPINK, for I do genuinely enjoy their songs as well. It is just I’d rather have my ears listening to varied kinds of […]

  • Hidden Gem: be free by KB (OnlyOneOf)

    Hidden Gem: be free by KB (OnlyOneOf)

    OnlyOneOf has been one of those groups who have delivered great title tracks as a group quite consistently and reached their Magnus opus in their latest releases. The year’s Skinz and last year’s libidO have already cemented their place on my list of the best K-pop songs I’ve ever heard. I would highly recommend you […]

  • Song Review: Hypeboy by NewJeans

    Song Review: Hypeboy by NewJeans

    I was extremely impressed by Attention yesterday, so I very much looked forward to listening to Hypeboy. Thankfully, while I wasn’t as blown away as I was with Attention, Hypeboy doesn’t disappoint as a follow-up. I would not usually mention the song’s MV in my review, but the concept of NewJeans is too unique to […]

  • Song Review: Test Me by Xdinary Heroes

    Song Review: Test Me by Xdinary Heroes

    Today was packed with K-pop releases. HyunA, one of K-pop’s most charismatic soloists, made her comeback with Nabillera, but I wasn’t sold on the song’s weak hooks that seemed to ride on Hyuna’s presence to elevate it. There were 2 options left for me to review: Xdinary Heroes’ Test Me, or P1Harmony’s Doom Du Doom. […]

  • Song Review: Beautiful Monster by STAYC

    Song Review: Beautiful Monster by STAYC

    Wow. Where do I begin with this one? STAYC has consistently released strong title tracks since their debut. I was, and still am, an avid fan of So Bad. ASAP won me over with its damn catchy chorus. Stereotype was an incredible follow-up, and RUN2U is no slouch either. Amidst such a strong run of […]